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Monday May 13, 2002
04:06 PM

Rumsfeld's Rules

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I found myself agreeing with a lot of Rumsfeld's Rules. Most of his advice for Chiefs of Staff is how I try to work. It's nice to see some management advice that doesn't consist of "set unrealistic goals, nag/hound/threaten until they're missed, then blame your employees".


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  • I can't recall ever seeing a top White House official -- including the President -- who seemed to handle his job, the media, etc. so well. He's really got a great handle on how to perform his duties, and is surely worth learning a lot from.
    • Yeah, it's a shame we haven't done shit in the way of the war on terror. No Osama, no Mullah, no end to al Qaeda, no idea how they planned and funded it. We don't even have an arrest in the anthrax, although that's hardly the Don's fault.

      Right now it's Osama 2, US 1. Sure, we got the bombs, but unfortunately there's no equivalence between civilians and al Qaeda or else we'd definitely be on top. All we've managed to do is break the terror network into fragments (or "cells" as they are known in the arg

      • Nothing? Well, let's see. We've:
        1. killed a number of armed terrorist trainees, including some of the big wigs (was it #2 or #3 who was killed in that one Predator strike?)
        2. captured a lot of intelligence about their plans and capabilites (laptops, papers, etc.)
        3. deprived the survivors of a secure, wide-open base.
        4. We may indeed have killed bin Blofeld and Mullah Squinty. The lack of fresh video propaganda seems telling.
        5. We put several states on notice about what we are willing and able to do if they provid